Vista Point: La Habana DVD
La Habana is the capital of Cuba and is also considered the Caribbean metropolis that for many decades has been so little loved and so badly neglected. With breathtakingly restored beauty alongside unbelievable ruins - the queen of Antilles in a country that lies between sun and socialism, between Rumba and Revolution!
2007, 26 mins, Audio: English
As early as 1553, the Spanish conquistadors chose Havana's harbour as a rendezvous for ships that traded gold and silver in its colonies. To protect this "gateway to the new world" from attack by looters several forts were built, the oldest of which being, the Castello El Morro, whose construction took more than two decades.
As standards of living progressed, pirates and buccaneers came here and repeatedly destroyed parts of the growing town, but each time they did so the town was rebuilt and improved.
La Bodeguita Del Medio was once Hemmingway's local drinking place.
Whether it be the Teatro Marti, the Old Tabacco Factory, the famous Bacardi House, or the Flordita Bar, everywhere in La Habana has a feeling of nostalgia!
The Nacional Hotel, which was built in 1930 with Mafia money and was once accommodated prominent people from the film and business world exudes nostalgic dreams of unmitigated pleasures.
A city whose riches once seemed boundless, La Habana now rests in sleepy magic waiting to be discovered once again!